4 Rare Tiger Cubs Born At Columbus Zoo

UPDATED: Monday March 25, 2013 2:46 PM

Four rare tiger cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium last week.

The Amir tiger cubs, generally weighing between 2 and 3 pounds at birth, were born on March 22 and 23.

“At this time Mara (the mother) is taking excellent care of the cubs and all are nursing,” said Assistant Curator Adam Felts. “We are cautiously optimistic about the survival of all four cubs.”

The cubs are being monitored remotely by an animal care team using a camera mounted in the den. It could be several days before veterinarians can examine the babies and determine their gender, and several months before the cubs can be viewed by the public in an outdoor habitat.

According to the Columbus Zoo, these cubs are the second for 6-year-old female Mara and 10-year-old male Foli. It also is the second litter of Amur tigers born at the Columbus Zoo.

According to a release from the Columbus Zoo, there are fewer than 150 Amur tigers in 50 Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in North America.

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